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The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library

The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library stands as a significant indication of the scope and depth of the library’s primary source collections of outstanding quality. This collection contains over 2,200 volumes, primarily rare manuscripts and printed first editions of operas and libretti composed between 1597 and 1900. Grants from the Office of the President of The University of Western Ontario and the Academic Development Fund enabled the Library to purchase two catalogues of rare opera materials in 1971 and 1974 from Mr. Richard Macnutt, a prominent English dealer in antiquarian music. The materials listed in these two catalogues have been digitized and are now available from this site.

Subsequent financial aid from Western Libraries, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), the Faculty of Music, and the New York State Chapter of the Alumni has been used to purchase additional items, including several from the Toulouse-Philidor Collection, formerly located at St. Michael's College Library, Tenbury, England. Most recent acquisitions include several as-yet-unpublished Italian operas in manuscript. 

Portions of the collection have been examined and catalogued by graduate students in the Music Faculty under the direction of Dr. Don Neville. This catalogue, titled: Opera I. Being the catalogue of the collection: Opera 1600-1750 in contemporary editions and manuscripts now in the holdings of the Music Library of the University of Western Ontario, has been published by the Faculty of Music as the fourth volume of Studies in Music from the University of Western Ontario (SMUWO). Two supplements were subsequently prepared as theses and are reproduced in the twelfth volume of SMUWO.


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4 v. (viii, 9-14, 272 p. ; 8, 228 p. ; 10, 272 p. ; 7, 240 p.)
Topics: GM-AR, Songs -- Texts
4 v. (viii, 9-14, 272 p. ; 8, 228 p. ; 10, 272 p. ; 7, 240 p.)
Topics: GM-AR, Songs -- Texts
4 v. (viii, 9-14, 272 p. ; 8, 228 p. ; 10, 272 p. ; 7, 240 p.)
Topics: GM-AR, Songs -- Texts
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Allacci, Leone, 1586-1669
texts
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iv, 1016 columns (508 p.) ; 25 cm
Topic: GM-AR
Containing libretti and poems in English
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, Elegiac poetry, Poetry
4 v. (viii, 9-14, 272 p. ; 8, 228 p. ; 10, 272 p. ; 7, 240 p.)
Topics: GM-AR, Songs -- Texts
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Desprez de Boissy, Charles, approximately 1730-1787
texts
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2 v. (x, [2], 610 p ; x, 614 [2] p.) ; 18 cm
Topics: Desprez de Boissy, Charles, approximately 1730-1787. Correspondence, Theater -- Moral and ethical...
vii, 396 p. 8 vo
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Bononcini, Antonio Maria, 1677-1726; Bononcini, Antonio Maria, 1677-1726
texts
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Libretto, English
Topic: GM-AR
Short score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas
xxxix, 557 p. 8vo
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Campra, Andr©♭, 1660-1744; Danchet, Antoine, 1671-1748. Ar©♭thuse
texts
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score ([159] fol.) ; 38 cm
Topics: Operas, Ballets, Music -- Manuscripts, GM-AR
Full score
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Laporte, Joseph de, 1713-1779; Eisen, Charles, 1720-1778
texts
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[2], 160, [8] p., [1] leaf of plates : 13 cm
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Coffey, Charles, d. 1745. Devil to pay; Carey, Henry, 1687?-1743. Honest Yorkshire man; Dibdin, Charles, 1768-1833. Deserter; Carter, Thomas, approximately 1740-1804. Rival candidates; Rush, George; Dibdin, Charles, 1768-1833. Wives revenged; Dibdin, Charles, 1768-1833. Chelsea pensioner; Arne, Thomas Augustine, 1710-1778. May day
texts
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1 v. (25, 24, 36, 30, 52, 36, 35, 24, 36) ; 17 cm
Topics: GM-AR, Operas -- Librettos, Ballad operas -- Librettos
2 v. (viii, 376 p., vi, 352 p.)
Topic: GM-AR
1 v., 8 vo. , 20 cm
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, -- Vocal scores, Operas, -- Excerpts
87 p. 19 cm.
Topic: GM-AR
Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas
Source: folio
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Menestrier, Claude-Fran©ʹois, 1631-1705
texts
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333 p. ; 16 cm.;
Topic: GM-AR
2 v. (viii, 376 p., vi, 352 p.)
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791; Da Ponte, Lorenzo, 1749-1838; Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de, 1732-1799. Mariage de Figaro; Dessaux, 18th/19th cent., engraver; Frey, Jacques-Joseph-D©♭sir©♭, 1782-1838, publisher
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Libretto by L. da Ponte, based on P. Beaumarchais' 'La folle journ©♭e, ou Le mariage de Figaro.'
Topics: Operas, GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Salieri, Antonio, 1750-1825
texts
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Libretto
Topics: Operas, GM-AR, Operas -- Librettos
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Desprez de Boissy, Charles, approximately 1730-1787
texts
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2 v. (x, [2], 610 p ; x, 614 [2] p.) ; 18 cm
Topics: Desprez de Boissy, Charles, approximately 1730-1787. Correspondence, Theater -- Moral and ethical...
Also contains texts of two oratorios and of the operas La Vita Humana and Hercole
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687
texts
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Full score
Topic: GM-AR
Libretto, English, with music
Topics: Ballad operas, GM-AR
2 v. xxxiv, 374 p., 375-730 p. 8vo
Topic: GM-AR
Short score
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Cesti, Antonio, 1623-1669
texts
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Libretto, Italian
Topics: Operas, GM-AR
Souhart (Bibl. des ouvr. sur la chasse) gives a full description of this work and adds that it is practically a translation of Jean Savary's "Venationis cervina"
Topics: Music, Deer hunting, GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Royer, Pancrace, 1705-1755
texts
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Full score
Topic: GM-AR
2 v. xxxiv, 374 p., 375-730 p. 8vo
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Della Maria, Pierre Antoine Dominique, 1768-1800
texts
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Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, Operas -- Scores
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Gr©♭try, Andr©♭ Ernest Modeste, 1741-1813; Pezay, Alexandre Fr©♭d©♭ric Jacques de Masson, marquis de, 1741-1777
texts
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Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, Operas -- Scores
Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas
326 p. 17 cm.;
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Ariosti, Attilio Malachia, 1666-1729
texts
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Short score
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759
texts
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Full score
Topic: GM-AR
Short score
Topic: GM-AR
Libretto, English, with music
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687
texts
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Short score
Topic: GM-AR
56 p. 34 cm
Topic: GM-AR
Vol. 1 only
Topics: Operas, Songs with continuo, Flute music, Arranged
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739
texts
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64, 64, 72 & 72 p. 16.5 - 18 cm.;
Topic: GM-AR
Libretto, English, with music
Topics: Ballad operas, GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Sacchini, Antonio, 1730-1786; Pizzi, Gioacchino, 1716-1790
texts
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Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas
Full score of Acts I & II only
Topic: GM-AR
Source: folio
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791
texts
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Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, Operas -- Scores
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Philidor, F. D. (Fran©ʹois Danican), 1726-1795; Sedaine, 1719-1797; Qu©♭tant, Antoine-Fran©ʹois, 1733-1823; Poinsinet, Antoine Alexandre Henri, 1735-1769; Castet, Nicolas; Guichard, Jean-Fran©ʹois, 1731-1811; Fontenelle, M. de (Bernard Le Bovier), 1657-1757; Moissy, M. de (Alexandre-Guillaume Mouslier), 1712-1777
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2 v. [v.1: 29, 45, 48, 56, 54 p.; v.2: 60, 64, 62, 32, 59, 32 p.], 18 cm
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, Librettos
128 p. ; 38 cm
Topic: GM-AR
204 p. ; 26 cm
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by M©♭hul, Etienne Nicolas, 1763-1817
texts
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Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, Operas -- Scores
Short score
Topic: GM-AR
Libretto, English
Topic: GM-AR
Libretto, English, with music
Topics: Ballad operas, GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687
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289 p. 41 cm
Topic: GM-AR
369 p. ; 19 cm.;
Topic: GM-AR
24, 175, [5] p. ; 15cm
Topics: Musicians -- France -- Biography, Opera -- France -- Paris -- 18th century, GM-AR
Full score
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Gasparini, Francesco, 1661-1727; Gasparini, Francesco, 1661-1727. Antiochus Excerpts
texts
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Short score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas
346 p. 30 cm.;
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Rebel, Monsieur (Fran©ʹois), 1701-1775; Francoeur, Fran©ʹois, 1698-1787
texts
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Short score
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787; Calzabigi, Ranieri de, 1714-1795
texts
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Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas
Libretto, Italian
Topic: GM-AR
Libretto, Italian
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Orlandini, Giuseppe Maria, 1676-1760
texts
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Libretto, Italian
Topic: GM-AR
Full score
Topics: GM-AR, Operas, Operas -- Scores
Libretto, English, with music
Topics: GM-AR, Ballad operas
Short score, Italian
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Kerll, Johann Kaspar, 1627-1693
texts
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Libretto, Italian
Topic: GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Gillier, Jean Claude, 1667-1737; Le Sage, Alain Ren©♭, 1668-1747; Orneval, d', -1766
texts
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49, 5 p. ; 19 cm
Topics: Operas -- Librettos, GM-AR
The Opera Collection of the University of Western Ontario Music Library
by Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739
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64, 64, 72 & 72 p. 16.5 - 18 cm.;
Topic: GM-AR
Libretti, French
Topic: GM-AR
3 v. (xv, 407., 420 p., 414 p.)
Topic: GM-AR